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Job 23 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Where Is God?

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Then Job answered and said,

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“Even today my musing is rebellion;

[fn]His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

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“Oh that I knew where I might find Him,

That I might come to His seat!

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“I would arrange my case for justice before Him

And fill my mouth with arguments.

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“I would know the words which He would [fn]answer,

And discern what He would say to me.

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“Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power?

No, surely He would pay attention to me.

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“There the upright would argue with Him;

And I [fn]would have escaped forever from my Judge.

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“Behold, I go forward but He is not there,

And backward, but I cannot discern Him;

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When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him;

He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.

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“But He knows the [fn]way I take;

When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

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“My foot has held fast to His path;

I have kept His way and not turned aside.

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“I have not departed from the command of His lips;

I have treasured the words of His mouth [fn]more than my [fn]portion of food.

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“But He is unique and who can turn Him?

And what His soul desires, that He does.

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“For He performs what is apportioned for me,

And many such decrees are with Him.

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“Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence;

I carefully consider, and I am in dread of Him.

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It is God who has made my heart faint,

And the Almighty who has dismayed me,

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But I am not silenced by the darkness,

Nor thick darkness which covers me.

LSB Footnotes
As in Gr and Syr; M.T. My
Lit answer me
Or bring forth my justice forever
Lit way with me
Some versions in my breast
Lit statute

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